From a small, relatively unknown company comes a word processor that is extremely powerful and easy to learn. Write Away is a good choice for a word processor to grow into.
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What can it do? Quite a lot! Five tutorials ease you into the difficult aspects of word processing. You can manage a mailing list, read and use DIF files, use macros (or "glossary' terms) by defining a key sequence to represent a word or phrase, and much more. For example, say you use the phrase "Apple IIe' throughout a document. Define the A key as the macro, and it is saved in a special buffer to be recalled when needed. A-ESC ESC will then retrieve the macro and insert it into the text.
You can tab through the text by letter, word, paragraph, or page. Search and replace is a standard feature in many word processors. However, Write Away also makes use of logical operators, which insert certain text depending upon which criterion is met. Logical operators are analogous to IF . . . THEN . . . ELSE statements in programming. If you are writing a form letter, you can program Write Away to find a person's title--Mr., Mrs., Miss, or Ms. Depending on which is found, you can then have Write Away change all gender references in the text. I can't think of any other word processor that offers this feature.
Write Away consists of two modules, the word processor and the print drivers. With an 80-column extended memory card, both modules are loaded. Without it, the Apple must switch between them. But because Write Away contains The DOS Enhancer, disk access is very fast. I clocked Write Away at about one-fourth to one-third faster than Apple Writer.
There are five printer drivers provided. One each for the Anderson-Jacobson 831/832; the Centronics 737; the Diablo, NEC, and Qume printers; the Epson MX-80 with Graftrax; and the Epson MX-80/100 with Graftrax Plus. There are instructions for configuring Write Away for use with other printers.
The files created by Write Away are standard Apple text files, readable by many other Apple word processors. You can also use Write Away to create EXEC files or to edit Applesoft programs--a great help when dealing with a long listing. Once you learn all of the features of the program, it can almost do all your writing for you.
The documentation is a bit rough, but the tutorials are very helpful. If something in the manual is confusing, the tutorial examples clear it up. A few evenings or afternoons is all you will need to use most of Write Away.
Write Away has excellent error trapping, constantly prompting you when you are about to make a permanent change or delete a file. It is one of the few word processors that is not copy protected. I welcome this. Chances are that a word processor is in frequent use. The constant read/write access can cause a disk to crash at the worst possible time. Making your own backup is better than waiting three or four weeks for a replacement from the manufacturer.
Write Away is written for the Apple II, II+, and IIe. If you do not have upper/lowercase, they will send you a free E-Z Hook to make the necessary modifications, and you can also order a lowercase adapter.
Write Away from Midwest Software Associates has so much going for it--so many great features--that it can hold its own among the top sellers. It is an excellent choice for almost any user.